The US is also claiming Russia could use military drills in Belarus as cover to attack Ukraine from the north.
Continuing the hysteria surrounding Ukraine, the White House warned on Tuesday that Russia could invade the country “at any point.”
“Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
Also on Tuesday, the State Department claimed that Russia could use military drills in Belarus as cover to attack Ukraine from the north. Russia said Tuesday that it has begun deploying troops to Belarus for joint exercises that will be held in February.
“The reports of Russian troop movements towards Belarus, which these movements are supposedly under the auspices of regularly scheduled joint military exercises, are concerning,” a State Department official told reporters.
By the State Department’s logic, US and NATO military exercises in countries that border Russia could also be seen as preparations for possible invasions. In 2021, the NATO held massive military exercises in Estonia and Latvia, which both share a border with Russia.
The US and NATO presence near Russia’s border and in the Black Sea is Moscow’s main gripe with the Western powers. If the US views Russian military drills in Belarus as a threat to Ukraine, the Americans should be able to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s view that NATO is threatening Russia.
During talks last week, the US and NATO rejected Russia’s demands for a halt in NATO’s eastward expansion. But the dialogue continues, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday.